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The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS)

Opening doors for college students in partnership with state government
Since 1989, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has sponsored a semester-long internship program for outstanding students, in all academic majors, from its 14 universities. The Harrisburg Internship Semester (THIS) places these selected students in working relationships with policymakers in the executive and legislative branches of Pennsylvania government, as well as with independent boards, agencies, and commissions.  

 >> Fall 2015 Group Photo


Leah Marie Bower
Intern, Department of Human Services
Lock Haven University
Disability and Community Services

“In the future, I hope to work for a government agency or advocacy coalition that fights for the rights of individuals with disabilities, and works one-on-one to help them succeed in a society that so negatively stereotypes them.”

Cameron Taylor Cochran
Intern, Office of the House Minority Leader
California University of Pennsylvania
Political Science
“I want to make an impact.”
Nicholas Gordon McClure
Intern, Office of the House Majority Leader
Shippensburg University
Political Science and Economics
“I intend to earn an MPA, concentrating in fiscal management and public budgeting. I would like to work for the Commonwealth, but also have a desire to work internationally, specifically in the developing world.”

Serena Speer
Intern, Department of Labor and Industry
Clarion University
Management and Human Resource Management
“After graduation, I would like to work in the business field for a few years before returning to school for my MBA.”

Charles Joseph Donovan
Intern, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole
Kutztown University
Political Science
“My career goals are to be a contributing employee to the Pennsylvania state government on policy/political matters and also to obtain a law degree in the future.”

Jessica Ann Slabon
Intern, Democratic Research Center – Senator Jay Costa
California University of Pennsylvania

Political Science
“I’d like to obtain a PhD and teach.”

Jonathan Karns
Intern, Pennsylvania Department of State
Millersville University

Government and Political Affairs
“I plan to attend law school and become an international law or sports law attorney.”

Daniel James Noon
Intern, House Minority Whip's Office with Representative Michael Hanna
Kutztown University
Political Science
“I want to attend law school at Temple University's School of Law and study Criminal Law along with Personal Injury Law.”

Chelsey Gavin
Intern, Office of Administration (Gov. Wolf)
Mansfield University

“I’d like to work in the field of Human Resources after graduation.”

Justin Johnston
Intern, The Center for Rural Pennsylvania
Indiana University of Pennsylvania


“I want to influence policies made within the criminal justice system.”

Chantal Fulgencio
Intern, Senator Vincent Hughes
East Stroudsburg University
Political Science
“I'd like to go to law school for family law. My interests include family law, social work, education, and international relations.”

Emily G. Holladay
Intern, Department of Health
West Chester University
Public Health
“My career goal is to find a job in the field of public health where I can work to improve the quality of people's lives by improving their health.”

Jonathan Mark Arthur
Intern, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Edinboro University
Political Science
“I would like to attend law school upon completion of my undergraduate degree. Then I would like to work in the field of law to help those most in need.”

Stephanie Marie Bermudez-Cruz
Intern, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Cheyney University
“I will attend graduate school in a school of social work. One of my programs of interest is a dual doctoral degree in psychology and social work, but I’m still deciding between obtaining a masters or doctorate.”

Amber Somershoe
Intern, PA Speaker of the House
Bloomsburg University
Political Science and Russian
“My mail goal is to master domestic functions of the United States, then I would like to take my career to a government agency dealing with international issues.”

Jaime Moreno Vallejo
Intern, Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission
Slippery Rock University
Business Management and Economics
“My number one priority is gaining experience with public policy issues. Studying at Dixon University Center is part of the chance of learning that is relevant on my path to be policy maker and city planner.”

 Get involved with THIS

Students interested in applying for a THIS internship position should contact their THIS Faculty Campus Coordinator.
Based at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, THIS is administered by the Division of Academic and Student Affairs in the Office of the Chancellor.  The Resident Faculty Director in Harrisburg coordinates activities and organizes the program. 

 Additional Information

For information on obtaining a THIS student intern for your office, please contact Dr. Jonathan B. Smith, Resident Faculty Director.